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“I didn’t go to film school—I went to films.” Quentin Tarantino Note: I’ll start The Unofficial Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood Film School with a list of 10, and then add and update this post from time to time. There will be spoilers. It’s unusual for me to write much about movies while […]

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Tomorrow I’ll try to get my post on The Unofficial Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood film school published.  Concepts based on Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film that I’ve now seen seven times in theaters. But today, I found this nugget from Tarantino from a “lost” interview he did with Jeff Goldsmith back in 2009. […]

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“Convincingly creepy while also slightly thought-provoking, it warns about deceiving facades, because what hides underneath masks is possibly much worse.” Carlos Aguilar review of HAUNT Los Angeles Times  Filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods were working on the screenplay for their new movie Haunt at the same time they were working on the script for A Quiet […]

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The Van Nuys Drive-In Theatre opened in 1948 and was demolished in the 1990s—but it found a new life in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. It’s where Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) lives in a Airstream trailer and his pit bull. Actress Jane Russell began working in theater at Van Nuys High […]

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“I saw the beginning of the sixties as a real transition in the culture, because of the Vietnam war and the things we were going through, and I wanted to make a movie about it.” Director George Lucas on American Graffiti “I wasn’t thinking about [American Graffiti] when I was writing [Once Upon a Time […]

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Yesterday I went to see Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood for the sixth time. That’s more than twice the number of times I’ve ever seen any movie while it’s still in theaters. But I must put an asterisk by it. In July I signed up for the new Regal Unlimited Movie Pass Subscription […]

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Over the weekend Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood was the top movie in the UK—for the third week in a row. Screen Daily stated it was “Tarantino’s biggest UK box office release.” According to Box Office Mojo the film has now made $283 million worldwide. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is one of those rare […]

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“I never knew until I came here to Hollywood that somebody could be really nice to you for years and really hate your guts. Happens all the time here.” Jean Seberg Yesterday I not only went to see Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood for a fifth time (a personal record for seeing a […]

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“To me, torture would be watching sports on television.” Quentin Tarantino How in the world can you tie in a college football game in Florida with Quentin Tarantino’s movie Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood? It’s really not that hard because in Tarantino’s world everything is connected. Once upon a time the rivalry between […]

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I’ve been playing the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood non-stop while driving around the last two weeks. Love that music and the cleaver way that Holly Adams West, Mary Ramos, and Quentin Tarantino not only crafted enjoyable music together, but how they made it extra enjoyable by adding commericals to the […]

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